Today four tax-and-spend liberals from the Lee County Board of Commissioners paid homage to Dr. Jeff Moss and his board of education (BOE) lackies by voting to give the LCSS an additional $500,000 over the $15,338,050 in local operations funding originally recommended by the county manager. They did this over the strongest objections of Commissioners Parks, Shook, and Womack who advocated completing the budget review of the schools before allocating any money. Doesn’t matter if the schools needed these additional funds, they now have it, and we taxpayers are paying the bill.
To pay for this malfeasance, your tax local rate has to be elevated by a penny for each $100 of property value. That’s why your taxes are so high– you keep electing liberal apologists like Richard Hayes, Robert Reives and Ed Paschal to the BOC along with RINO phonies like Doc Oldham, all of whom spend your money like drunken sailors (apologies to the U.S. Navy).
There isn’t enough space here to address all the things broken in the Lee County School System– we could blog that exclusively for a year and barely scratch the surface. However, we can say with certainty that the LCSS is supremely well funded, and that it continues to grow even when Lee County taxpayers are suffering reduced tax revenues and diminished government services everywhere else in the county (for nearly three years now). There are no educational objectives set. Performance is lamented and then we throw more money at it. We spend more than 6 million dollars on electronic gadgets and toys the state does not require, all in the name of “race to the top.” There is no accountability to taxpayers. Add this to a group of five or six functionally incompetent BOE members and an over-the-top arrogant superintendent and you have a ticket to disaster.
No, our school system is broken, but it certainly isn’t ‘broke.’ County manager John Crumpton has been manipulated into throwing hundreds of thousands of dollars into the black hole we refer to as K-12 public education and there’s nothing you or I can do about it. Next time you talk to Hayes, Reives, Oldham or Paschal– thank them for being irresponsible with your money. It probably won’t make a difference in their behaviors, but at least you’ll have the satisfaction of letting them know just how unpopular they are as elected officials. Make sure they know that November 2012 is coming and we plan to throw the bums out!